Thomas FINCH

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FINCH, Thomas

Service Number: 996
Enlisted: 22 November 1915, Place of enlistment - Norseman, Western Australia. Recruiting for the Miners’ Corps began officially on December 1st, 1915. The recruits were placed for basic training the following day at the Helena Vale camp at Blackboy Hill, W.A. as the Corps was being established. No.3 Company, with a strength of 1 Officer and 274 Other Ranks embarked from Fremantle, W.A. on December 18, 1915 and sailed to Sydney, NSW on board the troopship SS Indarra. On Boxing Day (Dec 26th), 1915 the Unit arrived in Sydney and marched into Casula Camp, near Liverpool, NSW.
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company)
Born: St Helens, Lancashire England, 1872
Home Town: Norseman, Dundas, Western Australia
Schooling: Church of England, Parr Mount, St Helens, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Miner
Died: acute nephritis, United Kingdom, 11 November 1917
Cemetery: Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Dorset, England
Plot II, Row C, Grave 3110
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 996, Mining Corps, Place of enlistment - Norseman, Western Australia. Recruiting for the Miners’ Corps began officially on December 1st, 1915. The recruits were placed for basic training the following day at the Helena Vale camp at Blackboy Hill, W.A. as the Corps was being established. No.3 Company, with a strength of 1 Officer and 274 Other Ranks embarked from Fremantle, W.A. on December 18, 1915 and sailed to Sydney, NSW on board the troopship SS Indarra. On Boxing Day (Dec 26th), 1915 the Unit arrived in Sydney and marched into Casula Camp, near Liverpool, NSW.
20 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 996, Mining Corps, Following the farewell parade in the Domain, Sydney, the Australian Mining Corps embarked on HMAT 'A38' Ulysses from Sydney, on 20th February 1916. Ulysses arrived in Melbourne on 22nd February 1916 and the Miners were camped at Broadmeadows while additional stores and equipment were loaded onto Ulysses. Departing Melbourne on 1 March 1916, Ulysses sailed to Fremantle, where a further 53 members of the Corps were embarked. The ship hit a reef when leaving Fremantle harbour, the Miners were off-loaded and sent to the Blackboy Hill Camp where further training was conducted. HMAT 'A38' Ulysses sailed on 1st April 1916. The ship arrived at Suez, Egypt on 22nd April 1916, departing for Port Said the next day; then on to Alexandria. Due to concerns over manoevurability in case of submarine attack the Mining Corps was transhipped to B1 Ansonia, for the final legs to Marseilles, France via Valetta, Malta. Arriving at Marseilles on 5th May 1916, most of the men entrained for Hazebrouck where they arrived to set up their first camp on 8 May 1916.
18 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company)
29 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 996, 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company), On 29 October 1917, Thomas fell sick whilst on leave in England and was admitted to the Camp Hospital at Weymouth, seriously ill, on 4 November 1917. Thomas died of Acute Nephritis on 11 November 1917 at Ward 31A, Sidney Hall Hospital, Weymouth. His death was classified as ‘Died of Disease’ and was due to his service in the war.
11 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 996, 3rd Tunnelling Company (inc. 6th Tunnelling Company), Third Ypres

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